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I had immediate reconstruction and am now going through radiation. I was told the implant might fail. Is it possible for one to have another reconstruction surgery if the implants fail?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi, yes another procedure can be done if you have problems with your implants after radiation. A good site that shows this is breastreconstruction.org. There are several different types of reconstruction that can be performed if it happens. I am looking into DIEP flap surgery now. I wasn't able to have immediate reconstruction due to my stage of cancer. I completed radiation and I'll be ready for recon. in approx. 1 month. Best wishes to you & hopefully you won't have any problems with your implants during radiation. Hugs, Diana
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I just had a right mastectomy last week and I still face radiation so I had an expander put in which is temporary
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  • Elena Ohlbrecht Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi I also had immediate reconstruction. It seems the problem that comes up during radiation is that you breast/chest muscle can tighten making the implant uncomfortable. My surgeon put the implant on the on the cancer side on top of the muscle and the right side that wo
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  • Elena Ohlbrecht Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Won't have radiation under the muscle. He has had success with this before. But if you feel tightening get stretch exercises from your surgeon.
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